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FLY FISHING SPOT OF THE WEEK: PRICE RIVER

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DIRECTIONS - Take the highway 6 turnoff from I-15 through Spansih Fork Canyon, then head east to junction with highway 96 and on to Scofield Reservoir, which is about 14 miles from junction. River flows from reservoir and follows railroad tracks.

DESCRIPTION - The river leaves the reservoir and heads through a gorge that holds pines and aspens. After a few miles it gets down into the aspens and sagebrush. The river ranges in size from about 10 to 25 feet in width. Railroad tracks parallel the river downstream to Colton. About nine miles of good, fishable water.

WHAT WORKS

Try Dark Stone Fly nymphs and caddis nymphs in green or yellow fished with a splitshot to keep the fly along bottom. For brooks try a Stone Fly, Double Renegade, Chamois Caddis and Prince numph. For dry flies use attractor patterns - Royal Wulff, Stimulator and Yellow-Body Goofus. From July through August grasshopper patterns fished on the surface are good.

DETAILS

This is considered a good dry fly stream, but fishermen typically do better with nymph patterns. In the warmer months the grasshopper pattern fished over one of the deeper pools tends to bring up the larger fish. This river has number of pools, riffles and beaver ponds.

FISH

RAINBOW, BROWN, CUTTHROAT

NOTES

Because it is only about two hours from the heart of the big cities, this river does get a lot of pressure, which has made the fish on the upper section a little spooks and hard to fish. Those willing to hike down the tracks for a mile or two will find the fish won't frighten as easily and are therefore easier to fish for. This river is compromised as the summer. Sometimes stream flows get dangerously low. There is a move on to raise money to buy water shares in order to try and keep the flow up for the fish.